Ian Spanier: Commercial and Editorial Photographer

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Ian headshotIan Spanier, a  New York based photographer, started  his photography career as a photo editor,  then became a professional photographer. His photo editing career really homed the business side of his photography career. Spanier shoots everything from Jersey Shore reality stars to MMA fighters to New York city fire fighters. In our conversation, we talk about inspiration, creativity and business strategies. You don’t want to miss this one! Please share!

Commercial and Editorial Photographer

Advice Given:

  1. From gear to subjects, difficult clients to flight delays, if you can’t deal with what gets thrown at you, you’re not very professional. I pride myself on staying sharp when the problems come up. Being prepared is a big part of this, as is knowing how to come up with a solution to get the job done when you’re not prepared for something. It’s our job to get the shot, come hell or high water, so what happens leading up to the moment you press the shutter is not important to anyone else but you. I’d say part of being a professional comes with comprehending that. We’re all going to strike out and have bad shoots, but the ability to maintain a level of professionalism is paramount.”
  2. Find a way to not waste people’s time.
  3. Find your focus.

Influences: Richard Avedon, Edeard Steichen, Bruce Davidson, and Harry Benson (mentor)

Recommended Books and Resources:Local Heroes: Portraits of American Volunteer Firefighters | Playboy The Book of Cigars

Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III  Profoto lighting, Photoflex modifiers, Lowepro Fastpack 350-Black

Ian’s portfolio

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